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Expected Payments from ARC-CO and PLC

  • January 27, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

Differences in expected payments between Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) will be an important factor when making the program choice decisions offered under…
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More on ‘Is Bigger…Better’

  • January 23, 2015
  • Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab

The idea that larger farms have a more efficient cost structure was explored in the July 18, 2014 article. That earlier article looked at some of the variable costs (crop…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Base Acre and Yield Updating Decisions: Push to the Finish

  • January 21, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

The deadline for completing base acre and yield updating decisions is February 27th. While the decisions usually are straightforward, collecting the information and completing the process will take some time.…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Yield Exclusion: Description and Guidance

  • January 13, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Bruce Sherrick, and Jonathan Coppess

The Yield Exclusion (YE) allows specific years to be dropped from the calculation of guarantee yields for crop insurance. This option is available because of provisions contained in the 2014…
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Weekly Outlook

USDA Reports to Support Corn Prices

  • January 12, 2015
  • Darrel Good

Today, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the USDA released the final estimates of the size of the 2014 U.S. corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks…
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Weekly Outlook

More Pork Is on the Way

  • January 5, 2015
  • Chris Hurt

Pork producers are gearing up to provide their customers with what they want and that is "More Pork" and "More Bacon." The nation's hog producers have expanded the breeding herd…
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